Prisoner - The Complete Series

The Prisoner - The Complete Series

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Director: David Tomblin, Don Chaffey, Joseph Serf, Pat Jackson

Cast: David Tomblin, Don Chaffey, Joseph Serf, Pat Jackson

     
 

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So far as its legions of fans are concerned, The Prisoner was the most fascinating and intellectually challenging sci-fi/fantasy program ever put on the air. Produced in England, the series was the brainchild of actor Patrick McGoohan, who also played the central character. During the opening credits, An unidentified McGoohan was seen angrily resigning his

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So far as its legions of fans are concerned, The Prisoner was the most fascinating and intellectually challenging sci-fi/fantasy program ever put on the air. Produced in England, the series was the brainchild of actor Patrick McGoohan, who also played the central character. During the opening credits, An unidentified McGoohan was seen angrily resigning his unspecified high-level government job, only to be promptly drugged, kidnapped and spirited off to a mysterious, Orwellian community known only as The Village. Though allowed to freely roam the colorful grounds of his new home (which resembled a lavish seaside resort, coupled with a garish amusement pier), the protagonist -- now referred to only as "Number Six" -- could not escape, lest he be chased down and killed by a huge, balloonlike sphere known as a Rover. On each 60-minute episode, Number Six was confronted by "the new Number Two," whose job it was to extract vital information from our hero (though just what sort of information was never explained). Defiantly shouting "I am not a number! I am a free man!," Number Six succeeded in confounding the efforts by Number Two -- and the never-seen Number One -- to break him down. Throughout his bizarre and oftimes hallucinatory adventures, Number Six learned two valuable lessons: To stubbornly maintain his individuality at all times and all costs, and to trust absolutely no one, not even his faithful butler, an enigmatically mute dwarf (Angelo Muscat). Only in the final episode, written and directed by McGoohan himself, did Number Six earn the right to become "an individual" -- thereby discovering the secret behind the Village and the true identity of Number One. Or did he? Devotees of the series still debate the actual outcome of the saga, just as they pick apart and analyze the hidden clues, meanings and metaphors in each preceding episode. On one thing, however, most agree: The character played by Patrick McGoohan was supposed to be John Drake, the world-weary espionage agent whom the actor had previously played on Danger Man (a.k.a. Secret Agent). Such was the mesmerizing power of The Prisoner that even those who couldn't make heads or tails out of the series still remain among its most fervent fans. Debuting October 1, 1967 on British television, the series was first seen in America from June 1 to September 21, 1968, as a summer replacement for CBS' The Jackie Gleason Show (one of the seventeen episodes, "Living In Harmony," was not seen on CBS during this initial run) In response to overwhelming viewer demand, the network -- whose executives admitted that they were thoroughly flummoxed by the series -- reran the show from May 29 through September 11, 1969. Thereafter, The Prisoner became a near-permanent fixture on many PBS stations, its popularity enhanced by several home-video releases of varying quality.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
The Prisoner's star and creator Patrick McGoohan heatedly denies allegations that the show is a "sequel" to his other landmark secret-agent series, Danger Man (a.k.a. Secret Agent), and indeed, The Prisoner stands alone as a testament to paranoia, with conspiracy theories that put even The X-Files to shame. Number 6 knows not who runs the Orwellian Village where he's trapped nor why "they" won't let him live his life freely. And Number 6's lack of a name, in hand with the show's "Everyman, Ltd." production company, points to The Prisoner being an allegory for humanity: Are we imprisoned by modern society? No matter what your answer, The Prisoner masks its heady thoughts well in cleverly written and rarely formulaic mini-dramas that have captured imaginations worldwide -- not to mention an ultra-loyal fan base. This 10-DVD collection culls all 17 original episodes in the series, including the eternally puzzling series finale, "Fall Out," which after initial broadcast garnered confused, even angry responses from fans. They watched hoping to find out who Number 1 was and if Number 6 would finally escape the Village, but the episode is so abstract that it leaves most viewers wondering, What on Earth is going on? Different people have different interpretations -- to give any here might reveal the ending -- so the best one can do is weigh the entire series for oneself, enjoying The Prisoner's wit, intelligence, and psychedelic weirdness, not to mention its undeniable place as one of the most unique spy series of all time.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/27/2009
UPC:
0733961208559
Rating:
NR
Source:
A&E Home Video
Time:
14:00:00

Special Features

Ultra-rare Original Footage of the 1966 Location Shooting, Accompanied by Commentary with Series Production Manager Bernie Williams; ; Bonus Program: The Prisoner Video Companion; ; Rare, Alternate Version of the Episode "The Chimes of Big Ben"; ; Rarely Seen "Foreign File Cabinet" Footage; ; Rarely Seen "Textless" Intro & Outro; ; Original Broadcast Trailers; Original Series Promotional Trailer; Gallery of Original Production and Promotional Materials; Production Stills Galleries; Interactive Map of The Village; Prisoner Trivia

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patrick McGoohan The Prisoner, Number Six
Christopher Benjamin Potter,Number Two's Assistant
Derek Aylward New Supervisor
George Benson Labour Exchange Manager
George Coulouris Man with the Stick
Kathleen Breck Number 42
Leo McKern Former Number Two
Mark Eden Number 100
Mary Morris Number Two
Sheila Allen Number 14
Valerie French Kathy
Angela Brown Actor
Harold Berens Boxing MC,Reporter
John Cazabon Umbrella Man,Man in Cave
Kenneth Griffith The President,Schnipps
Nadia Gray Nadia
Norma West Girl Bo-Peep
Patrick Cargill Number Two
Peter Bowles "A"
Rosalie Crutchley Queen
Annette Carell Actor
Bee Duffell 2nd Psychiatrist
Hilary Dwyer Number 73
John Maxim Number 86
Michael Brennan Killer Karmiski
Thomas Heathcote Lobo Man
Basil Hoskins Number 14
Dene Cooper Photographer
Georgina Cookson Blonde Lady
Patricia Jessell 1st Psychiatrist
Angelo Muscat The Butler
Colin Gordon Number Two
Justine Lord Sonja
Rachel Herbert Number 58
Victor Maddern Bandmaster

Technical Credits
David Tomblin Director
Don Chaffey Director
Joseph Serf Director
Pat Jackson Director
Patrick McGoohan Director
Peter Graham Scott Director
Robert Asher Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Prisoner: Arrival
1. The Village [15:33]
2. Helicopter Tour [5:30]
3. The Labour Exchange [6:26]
4. No Way Out [8:53]
5. A New #2 [6:50]
6. Escape Attempt [7:52]
1. Why Did You Resign? [11:06]
2. New Neighbor [7:36]
3. Dreadful Interrogation [3:57]
4. Developing Trust [11:05]
5. Toward an Open Sea [7:57]
6. The End of a Nightmare [8:53]
Disc #2 -- Prisoner: Free For All/Dance of the Dead
1. Election Time [11:29]
2. Red Hot Stuff [6:55]
3. "Truth Test" [6:57]
4. Attempt to Escape [6:36]
5. Word Without Fear [8:54]
6. According to Plan [9:36]
1. Medical Attention [9:15]
2. Find a Girl [9:14]
3. Carnival [10:48]
4. Dutton [10:24]
5. The Trial [6:39]
6. The Chase [4:09]
Disc #3 -- Prisoner: Checkmate/ The Chimes of Big Ben
1. Fine Game [11:17]
2. Breaking Point [9:47]
3. New Experiment [9:41]
4. Disconnection [7:00]
5. Mayday Call [6:51]
6. Misunderstanding [5:44]
1. Why did You Resign? [11:14]
2. New Neighbor [7:14]
3. Dreadful Interrogation [7:58]
4. Developing Trust [8:05]
5. Toward the Open Sea [6:33]
6. The End of a Nightmare [9:14]
Disc #4 -- Prisoner: A, B, and C/The General
1. "A" [14:22]
2. Second Dosage [7:56]
3. Meet "B" [6:00]
4. #14 [9:21]
5. Who is "C"? [5:29]
6. Mystery [7:20]
1. Speed Learning [14:55]
3. Investigation [9:55]
2. "Here's Your Passport" [6:00]
4. Approval Session [8:07]
5. Projection [3:59]
6. Introducing the General [7:26]
Disc #5 -- Prisoner: The Schizoid Man/
1. A New Man [14:14]
2. Meeting Himself [7:18]
3. Testing [9:13]
4. Clues [6:34]
5. Schizoid Man [5:16]
6. Fooling Everyone [7:53]
Disc #6 -- Prisoner: Many Happy Returns/It's Your Funeral
1. Free At Last [3:07]
2. On the Boat [6:47]
3. Finally On Land [7:41]
4. Old Territory [10:15]
5. Looking for Answers [9:41]
6. Same Old Story [6:15]
1. Lady in Distress [3:08]
2. Monitoring Activities [8:01]
3. A Plot to Kill [6:15]
4. A Warning [7:06]
5. Preventing Death [6:25]
6. Caught in the Act [10:21]
Disc #7 -- Prisoner: A Change of Mind/Hammer Into Anvil
1. The Committee [1:51]
2. Unmutual [7:16]
3. The Frontal Lobe [9:47]
4. Rest Well [7:40]
5. The Trick's On You [8:07]
6. Social Conversation [8:55]
1. Hammer or Anvil"? [1:49]
2. Strange Behavior [7:03]
3. In the Dark [6:56]
4. A Threat [8:33]
6. The Anvil [6:34]
5. A Message [8:18]
Disc #8 -- Prisoner: Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling/Living In Harmony - Bonus Features
1. Thought Transfer [8:02]
2. A Different Body [9:44]
3. Proving Himself [11:30]
4. Austria [8:15]
5. Professor Seltzman [5:34]
6. Reversing Identities [7:23]
1. Back In Town [10:26]
2. Jail & the Trial [9:52]
3. The New Sheriff [7:15]
4. Clean Up the Town [6:28]
5. Escaping [5:02]
6. Deception [11:56]
Disc #9 -- Prisoner: The Girl Who Was Death/Once Upon A Time
1. Cricket [7:23]
2. Standard Disguise [7:10]
3. Tunnel of Love [9:40]
4. Battle of Wits [9:28]
5. Evil Plan [7:49]
6. Countdown [7:52]
1. A Returning #2 [6:47]
2. Degree Absolute [4:02]
3. Childhood [13:50]
4. Pop! [10:45]
5. Behind Bars [4:44]
6. The Embryo Room [10:16]
Disc #10 -- Prisoner: Fallout/ Bonus Features
1. Well Come [12:20]
2. #48 [8:12]
3. #2 Returns [7:23]
4. Free to Go [7:19]
5. Meet #1 [6:46]
6. Evacuate! [8:51]
1. Introduction [5:51]
2. Roots of the Prisoner [5:06]
3. Notes, Anecdotes, and Nonsense [6:22]
4. #6 [4:25]
5. Subversive? [7:37]
6. Does #6 Escape? [2:42]
7. What Does It All Mean? [2:48]
8. End of the World? [4:44]
9. Individualism? [5:13]
10. The Prophecy [3:11]

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The Prisoner - The Complete Series 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the few series that actually deserves its Cult Status. Was ahead of its time then and in this current post 911 era is still strong. Still you will either 'Get it' or you wont. Kinda like the X-files (though this is far better).
Producer17 More than 1 year ago
Patrick McGoohan's magnum opus was, and remains, an intellectually-playful adventure, an episode-by-episode puzzle. With the release of the BluRay version, however, viewers are treated to the luscious scenery of The Village as it has never before been seen... feature-film cinematography, constrained only by the series' original 4x3 television format. As a result, individual episodes seem far more immersive and absorbing than watching standard def broadcasts, or even a good DVD. Only drawbacks: While the original negatives could be re-scanned for HD, the same isn't true for audio; it's the same audio-for-TV mix that we heard over the air years ago. And Disc 5, a standard definition DVD with special features, is unplayable on some high percentage of BluRay players; the original UK program developer chalks it up to the vagaries of the authoring standards vs. BluRay player firmware. So far, US distributor A&E has been unresponsive when asked for support. But don't let that deter you -- BluRay is the best way to watch this amazing series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Prisoner was ground breaking series for the 1960's. Touching on subjects like mind control, the folly of political campaigns, education and the constant struggle for one to remain an individual in a world of conformity. As number six himself says, "I will not be pushed, stamped, filed, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own." This Blu-ray set contains all 17 episodes on 4 discs. A fifth disc containing bonus features is a standard definition DVD. Be advised the the DVD may not play in your Blu-ray player. Some players, especially those made by Panasonic, cannot read the disc. It contains pdf. files that the players can't read. The image quality is excellent and breathes new life into the series. Sound quality isn't. The 5.1 surround soundtrack tends to fluctuate in volume and the standard mono is just adequate. Overall an outstanding series that looks great in HD. B C N U
Wojo More than 1 year ago
Patrick McGoohan created a brilliant TV series that defied classification. There never has been, nor will there ever be a television show quite like it. The village is a quietly unsettling place that keeps people with information hidden from the rest of the world, with a Big-Brother-is-watching pervasiveness. The Prisoner of the title can trust no one, since nothing is ever as it appears in the beautiful village. Each villager is assigned and known only by a number and the whole menagerie is overseen by Number 2, who is charged with breaking McGoohan's Number 6 and gaining his secret information. But who really runs the village? Which side are they on? What intelligence agency? What will they do with the information they extract?
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lymi More than 1 year ago
This has to be the worst series I have ever had the misfortune to buy, and a complete waste of money, it was a mystery from the beginning to the end, and even though I watched the whole series hoping to finally understand what it was all about it remained a mystery.